Navigation Links
Posit Science Invited to Speak at Johns Hopkins University About Cutting Edge Cognitive Training Interventions
Date:12/2/2008

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- At a symposium today hosted by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Posit Science researchers presented the latest research in brain plasticity and how the company is translating the science into technology to improve lives. Henry Mahncke, Ph.D., and Laila Spina, Psy.D., presented evidence that cognitive intervention developed by Posit Science can facilitate neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to reorganize itself throughout life. This strengthening of the brain can have a positive impact on a wide variety of conditions from healthy aging to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to "Chemobrain."

Among the research cited by the Posit Science scientists was the IMPACT study, the largest study ever done on a commercially available cognitive training program. Led by scientists from Mayo Clinic and the University of Southern California, IMPACT studied the effects of doing the Brain Fitness Program on adults 65+. The program consists of 6 computer exercises designed to facilitate neuroplasticity and strengthen the brain, thereby improving memory and speed of processing. The study proved that mature adults can make statistically significant gains in these areas by doing this kind of brain training.

The researchers also cited a smaller study led by scientists from the University of California at San Francisco and the University of California at Davis that investigated the effects of the same training on people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). As many as 85% of patients with MCI go on to develop Alzheimer's disease. Preliminary data from the study indicate significant improvements in those who did the Brain Fitness program training while those who did not continued to decline.

Drs. Mahncke and Spina also shared research showing that training on the Brain Fitness Program helps cancer patients with the condition known as "Chemobrain." "Chemobrain" affects people's ability to concentrate, make decisions and fulfill family, career and community responsibilities. In the pilot study, Posit Science researchers studied the impact of training on the Brain Fitness Program on people with "Chemobrain." Study results showed that 94% of participants experienced positive changes in their overall wellbeing and reported statistically significant improvements in cognitive function, stress levels and health-related quality of life.

The meeting was attended by rehabilitation therapists, social workers as well as Johns Hopkins staff neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists.

Dr. Mahncke is Vice President of Research and Outcomes at Posit Science. Dr. Spina is a research neuropsychologist.

About Posit Science:

Posit Science is the leading provider of clinically validated brain fitness programs. The company works with more than 50 scientists from prestigious universities to design and test its computer-based programs. More than 30 published papers show that in randomized controlled trials the company's patented technologies significantly increase processing speed, improve memory and attention, and enhance the quality of everyday life. Posit Science has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and has received numerous awards and accolades. The company's products, scientists and science are currently featured in the PBS documentaries "The Brain Fitness Program" and "Brain Fitness 2: Sight and Sound." For more information, visit http://www.PositScience.com or call 1-866-599-6463.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Posit Science Corporation
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Opposition Continues to Grow to Blues Legislation
2. European Committee for Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) Issues Positive Opinion for Once-Daily PREZISTA(R) (Darunavir) as Part of Combination Therapy for Treatment-Naive Adults With HIV-1
3. BET Networks Joins the International Call to Stop the Spread of HIV on World AIDS Day Monday, December 1 with a Special Episode of 106 & PARK Followed by BET News Exclusive ARE YOU POSITIVE?
4. Assurant Comments on A.M. Best Ratings Statement; Ratings Continue to Reflect Assurants Solid Financial Position
5. Posit Science Featured in New PBS Documentary
6. A.M. Best Affirms Regences Solid Financial Position
7. Statement From the Rosalind Franklin Society: Lawrence Summers Not the Right Choice for Cabinet Position in Obama Administration
8. SarahCare(R) and Posit Science Corporation(R) Join Forces to Bring Brain Fitness to Seniors at SarahCare(R) Adult Day Centers
9. Project Runway Designer Brings Living Positive By Design Campaign to New York to Educate About Living With HIV and Combat Stigma Associated With the Disease
10. Acologix AC-200 Demonstrates Positive Effect on Bone in Preclinical Model of Chronic Kidney Disease
11. Cytochroma Announces Positive Comparative Data on CTA018 in Chronic Kidney Disease Model
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her ... would lash out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he ... he would use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say he ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas ... , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing ... contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by ... Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Nevada (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Vegas client, The Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations ... in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction Group (VCG) sponsors Luke’s Wings ... 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852. ... service members that have been wounded in battle and their families. Venture Construction Group ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher to ... Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher was also ... and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive member of ... expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx in connection ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... "Pharmaceutical Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, ... (Oral, Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is ... a CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... 52" report to their offering. ... creates a favourable commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. The ... that will serve to drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza ... to cap sales considerably, but development is still in its ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: